Physical Science Session 3: Earth Science & Astronomy
This is part 3 of 3 in the full year (31 weeks) Physical Science series.
It is not required, but it is highly recommended that you take these classes in order.
Other classes in the series include:
Physical Science: Physics
Physical Science: Chemistry
This is the 7 week Earth Science & Astronomy unit of our full year 31 week Physical Science class. This course gives a solid overview of these subjects, while introducing lower level math to get students comfortable with science math before they take an upper level courses. With this basic knowledge, students will then be able to enter upper level science courses in these subjects with a serious advantage of already having the basics down, therefore being able to spend more time expanding their knowledge at a higher academic level. This will not be a “fluff” class, or an “overview”- it is an academically rigorous science class.
No live classes- view lessons on YOUR schedule. In general, expect 1.5-2.5 hours to work through the lesson plan each week, and an additional 2-5 hours working on assignments (it really depends what assignment your child chooses to do and how they manage their time). For classes with two levels, the material is the same for both- the depth of the assignments differs. Younger students should usually be placed in Level 1. Older students, or younger students who want more of a challenge, should be placed in Level 2. Each lesson consists of a fully narrated PowerPoint presentation with images and videos to enhance the topics. Students will have access to our learning management system, Canvas, for viewing their lesson, printing worksheets, taking quizzes, viewing/submitting assignments, participating in discussions, and viewing grades/feedback. Read more details about class format.
Week 1: Earth: What Lies Beneath
Week 2: Rocking Out with Rocks!
Week 3: Shaping Earth’s Surface
Week 4: Weather, Climate, and YOU
Week 5: Our Piece of the Universe: The Earth, Moon, and Sun
Week 6: The Solar System
Week 7: Beyond the Solar System
All labs are OPTIONAL and not required to complete the work.
These materials will allow students to follow along with the in-lesson labs.
Students who do not have materials can simply follow along with me in the video.
Week 1 Lab Materials
A Slinky toy!
Week 2 Lab Materials
A mineral kit, piece of copper (a US penny before 1982 will work), a piece of glass (a microscope slide will work).
Week 5 Lab Materials
1 Ball (the bigger the better- a basketball is better than a golf ball)
1 piece of string that is long enough to go all the way around the middle of the ball
- Schedule Apr 2 - May 28
- Activities Science
- Lessons 7
- Suggested Ages 11-15 One Level